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Oxford Brookes Victor Ludorum winners of BUCS Regatta 2017 01/05/2017

Oxford Brookes have showcased the impressive depth of their rowing programme, accumulating 1,323 points to be crowned this year’s Champion University of BUCS Regatta and presented with Overall Victor Ludorum.

BUCS Regatta once again cemented unique place in the world of rowing – a place for all rowers, of all standards and disciplines. From Olympians, to current members of the GB Rowing team through to beginners, a colourful display of leggings, medallists dabbing and the occasional capsize - #BUCSRegatta is here to stay, as one of the best weekends in the rowing calendar.

Oxford Brookes: MVP

After five Championship wins and having crews make 24 A finals – Oxford Brookes walked away with both the Overall and Men’s Victor Ludorum. In recent years, Overall VL has been won by Newcastle in 2015 and 2016 and consistently at BUCS Head, proceeded by a long domination by Durham. 

In 2017, Brookes made a statement by increasing their entries in a concerted effort to chase the VL title. Overall, Brookes finished over 250 points clear of second placed University of London and In the men’s points, finished nearly 500 points clear of second placed Newcastle.

Arguably he biggest highlights of the Regatta for Brookes was winning the Men’s Championship Eight for the fourth consecutive year and claiming bronze in the same event with their B crew – a feat no other university has achieved at a BUCS Regatta.

In the women’s VL, University of London won the women’s VL for the second year in a row – following some impressive results including an upset over Brookes with victory in the Women’s Championship Coxed fours. Other Gold Medals for UL women included WC4x WC2- Wit4x WInt1x

Loughborough’s Caitlin Buoyland does the sculling double
Following her convincing victory in the Women’s Single Sculls on day two of BUCS Regatta, Loughborough’s Caitlin Buoyland added a second gold medal to her collection with victory in Women’s Double Scull, with team mate Annie Campbell-Orde.

Attracting some of the biggest cheers of the day from the crowd, there was less than 6 seconds separating the entire field in the A final. Second place went to London and third to Reading – separated by just 0.7 of a second.
You can watch the end of the race here:

Nottingham dominate Women’s Lightweight

Nottingham claimed their second Women’s Lightweight gold medal of the Regatta, in the Quadruple Sculls. With tough competition expected from the Mighty Lighties of Cambridge, the girls in green and gold stormed home to win the Lightweight Coxless Fours on Sunday and set a new course record as well in the process.

Their performance on Monday of regatta to make it a double gold. The crew including Lucy Gillbanks, Imorgen North, Nina Giambrone and Harriet Swindells are all freshers and train at the host venue of BUCS Regatta.

Brookes Lightweights claim a heavy and light double

Over in the men’s lightweight competition, Brookes did another Gold-Bronze double in the MCLwt2-, with the winning crew including Jamie Copus and Chriss Zahn. It was Copus’s second gold of the Regatta, following a gold medal with Chris Tebb in the Men’s Championship Double Sculls on Sunday (yes the heavy Championship!) In the MCLwt2- Tebb and fellow crew member Ben Reeves, picked up the bronze medal.

Here is dual gold medallist Copus dabbing after collecting his gold medal on Sunday for the MC2x. Never stop dabbing Jamie!

Women’s Beginner Eight

With gold-silver up for grabs right up till the final 100m, Durham’s beginners crew edged past Edinburgh to clinch gold by less than second seconds, with UCL in third.

Here’s Durham in action earlier in the day, in their semi-final:

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